FEEDBACK –The UN General Assembly adopts a Resolution and creates a Trust Fund to address Road Safety challenges globally

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Stressing that road deaths and injuries remain a major public health and development issue, last 12 April the United Nation General Assembly adopted a resolution on “Improving Global Road Safety”.

A Resolution to address the raising global concern of Road Safety

Introducing the draft text, Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, highlighted the gravity of the issue: road traffic deaths and injuries, the number one cause of deaths among young people, have become a global cause of concern,

The resolution cautions that, if left unaddressed, the current situation could affect the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Several States delegates underlined that deaths and injuries resulting from road traffic accidents have a negative impact on socioeconomic progress and sustainable development.

The resolution also reaffirms the role and importance of the UN legal instruments on road safety and calls for measures to prevent road accidents and to minimize the resulting damages. Among these measures, the General Assembly stresses the need of action to implement vehicle safety regulations.

Some representatives from developing countries highlighted the difficulties faced by developing countries in their road safety efforts. Thus the representative of Nigeria emphasized that inadequate funding, lack of awareness and of emergency health-care services remain major challenges.

A Trust Fund to increase the resources for Road Safety

The General Assembly also announced the launch of a UN Road Safety Trust Fund, hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), aiming at accelerating “progress in improving global road safety by bridging the gaps in the mobilization of resources for effective action at all levels”.

Aligned with the SDGs and the 5 pillars of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, the Fund will help mobilize and unlock financial and technical resources in order to strengthen the capacity of government agencies, local governments and city authorities to develop and implement road safety programs, especially in low and middle-income countries.

The Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, an international coalition of NGOs co-founded by HI, welcomed the creation of this new funding mechanism: “The approval of the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund represents an important milestone for the NGO community. We now have both the political will and a structure for financing our efforts. Momentum is with us, and it is our responsibility to grasp hold of it and scale up those activities that have been proved to be effective.” said Ms Lotte Brondum, Executive Director of the Alliance.

According to UNECE, every $1,500 contributed to the Fund could save one life, prevent 10 serious injuries, and leverage $51,000 towards investments in road safety. “The Road Safety Trust Fund will serve as a catalyst for much-needed progress towards the road safety targets of the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Olga Algayerova, the head of UNECE. “[We] are committed to working with all stakeholders to multiply the impact of global action to improve road safety,” she added.